§ 9. Sir I. Fraser
asked the Secretary of State for War what progress has now been made with recruiting for the Home Guard.
§ Mr. Wyatt
Is not this a deliberate attempt to evade the Question because of the foolishness to which it would expose the Secretary of State for War, as a few weeks ago he gave county by county the exact number of men who had registered in the Home Guard? The purpose of my Question, as he knows, is to find out how many people have enrolled out of the 100,000 asked for east of a line from Flamborough Head to Selsey Bill and out of the 25,000 asked for west of that line.
§ Mr. Wyatt
As this scheme, against the advice of the Opposition, was instituted in January, and as the rate of recruiting has only produced, I think, 28,000 of the 165,000 earmarked or allowed for in the Army Estimates, is it not quite clear that we are wasting the time of the country and of the War Office in proceeding with this recruiting scheme?
§ 15. Mr. Emrys Hughes
asked the Secretary of State for War what expenses have been incurred in connection with publicity and advertising for the Home Guard in Scotland; and how many recruits have been obtained.
§ Mr. Head
A sum of £194 has been spent centrally on advertisements. In addition, an allotment for unit expenditure of this kind in the first quarter of this year of £15 has been made to each battalion, but I do not yet know how much of this allotment has been spent. Up to 15th May, 647 men had enrolled and 1,660 had been earmarked for cadre units.
§ Mr. Hughes
When the right hon. Gentleman says that the I.C.I. man is ubiquitous, does not he mean that he is superfluous?